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Don't Drive Recklessly Or You Could Lose Your Driver's License In A Medical Recall

by Stacy Dean

Being pulled over for reckless driving is more serious than many people believe. A reckless driving charge can result in hefty fines and points on your license. For some people, however, reckless driving can also result in the loss of their driving privileges. If a law enforcement officer believes that your reckless driving was caused by a medical condition, such as syncope or a seizure, he or she can have your license suspended on the spot with what is called a medical recall.

The reason for this is because law enforcement officers have to ensure that any immediate threats to public safety are handled appropriately. In the case of someone driving recklessly due to a medical condition, this means "act now; ask questions later". Here's what can happen and what you would need to do if your license was suspended for this reason. 

What happens immediately?

When a law enforcement officer suspects that the person who is operating a motor vehicle has a medical condition that makes it difficult or impossible for them to drive safely, he or she will inform their superiors of the incident, who will then call the state officials to suspend or recall the license.

The officer will then require the person to step out of their vehicle. He or she may ask the person to call a loved one to come and drive the vehicle away if there are no other drivers in the car. However, more than likely a tow truck will be sent to the location and the vehicle will be towed to the owner's address. 

What happens after the incident? 

If this happens to you, you will need to hire a traffic violation attorney. Your case of suspended or recalled license will need to be heard in front of a board. To help prove your case that you were not suffering from a medical condition that caused you to drive recklessly, you will need to have medical documentation as proof. However, to dispel any notion that your physician is working on your best interests instead of the best interests of the public, it's best to have an independent medical examiner provide the medical documentation and report to the board of appeals.

This means that you will need to go through a complete medical examination as well as a complete blood workup and, depending on what the law enforcement officer saw, a cardiovascular or central nervous system examination to look for possible causes of your erratic driving behaviors, such as a heart condition or a central nervous system condition. 

For more information, contact legal offices like Wood & Rabil  LLP.